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August 08, 2017

Calming Tools

Peace education is an important part of the Montessori way of life. Montessori saw children, and education, as a way to bring about world peace. Creating peaceful children could lead to a better future. And, while I wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment. It doesn't mean that children in Montessori homes are always peaceful and calm.

We haven't addressed it much here, but Henry has been diagnosed with some special needs. We have decided not to go into specifics online, but these needs can make the use of certain calming tools necessary. These in addition with other therapies help all of us.

Calming tools in our Montessori home. Tools to help children learn to regulate their emotions and remain peaceful.

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As time has gone on, I have found that these aren't just helpful to Henry but also they have been very good for Nora. Having a small basket of these in our little peace area has been a great retreat for everyone. All children have moments where they just need to get away and reset.

Our calming tools include: Breathing Ball | Prayer Cross | Quick Bubble Timer | Slow Bubble Timer | Mini Labyrinth | Floating Penguins 

I've also found, when used correctly, each of these tools can illicit great amounts of concentration from the kids. They are a great way to get them each to slow their bodies and relax their minds. The slow gentle flowing of the penguins in the water, or very slowly tracing the labyrinth are just the right movements to produce calm. They can also all be used completely independently which helps with self-regulation and skill building on their own time.

For Nora, it's really helped her develop amazing calming skills. I see it as a beautiful gift to her, this ability to recognize her need for peace. And the tools to get herself back to a state of calm. So, whether you have a child with some additional needs or not, I think a couple of calming materials are a great addition to any home.

Have you used calming tools in your home? 

Calming tools in our Montessori home. Tools to help children learn to regulate their emotions and remain peaceful.

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JRBentele said…
I love the labrynth! Where did you find it!
Nicole @ The Kavanaugh Report
I got on a Facebook group and now I can't remember the name of the shop 😭